||1.||"Here & Now" (German version)|
||3.||"Here & Now" (English version)|
||2.||"A Man Has Responsibilities"|
Karl O'Connor digs into his sizeable archives for White Savage Dance, collating several key moments of his early experiments with industrially charged post-punk which surfaced during the early years of Downwards existence but were actually recorded long before. Included in the release is an equally illuminating A5 booklet filled with extensive sleeve notes from Downwards alumni Tony Burnham aka Autonym. Sandwell District fans will find much to appreciate in the corrosive, metallic sounds that permeate throughout, not least the Anglo- Germanic versions of "Here & Now" that open and close the A Side. The jerking, spasmodic cold wave nature of the latter is a personal favourite here at Juno HQ. The B Side provides further intrigue as both tracks here see O'Connor step behind the mic, delivering some Robert Smith style vocals in his typical Brummie brogue atop sinewy guitars and drums that sound as if they've been carved from the hollow battering of caustic tin pans.
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